Leon Dubinsky’s contribution to the Cape Breton songbook includes such well-known and loved songs as “Rise Again”, “Josephine”, “Barbecue”, “Open Your Heart” and “Workin’ at the Woolco”. A songwriter, musician, actor, and teacher, the Sydney native was musical director of the Rise and Follies of Cape Breton Island and the Cape Breton Summertime Revue. A founding member of the popular band Buddy and the Boys in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, he received the ECMA Stompin’ Tom Award in 2002 for his contributions to the music of Cape Breton. Leon has also worked in film, radio and TV. He received a Genie nomination for his acting in the movie Life Classes and he was the principal actor in the TV series Pit Pony. Leon has conducted numerous workshops for songwriters and is teamed up with local singer-songwriter Jordan Musycsyn for a special project and concert at Celtic Colours this year called Playing it by Ear.